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Christians recognised in New Year Honours

10 January 2014


British Empire Medal: Margaret Stevens is recognised for services to international students

British Empire Medal: Margaret Stevens is recognised for services to international students

A WOMAN who has fostered more than 85 children is among Christians recognised in the New Year Honours list (News, 3 January).

Harriet Foges, a member of the congregation of St John the Baptist, Wonersh, was appointed MBE for services to children and families. "This is a complete shock," she told the Surrey Advertiser. "Foster carers have a low profile, but I think people are more understanding now, and they are treated like fellow professionals."

Canon Margaret Nicholson was appointed MBE for services to education. She was head teacher of St Anthony's C of E School, Newcastle, before becoming Director of Education of Newcastle diocese, until her retirement in 2010.

Ivor Hawkins was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) "for voluntary service to the community in Pontrobert and Dolanog, Powys". Mr Hawkins is a Reader in the diocese of St Asaph.

The BEM was also awarded to Margaret Stevens, for services to international students in the UK. Mrs Stevens has been the voluntary regional organiser for HOST, in Cornwall, since 1990, when her husband was Rector of a parish containing the Camborne School of Mines.

Mike Kewley, from the Isle of Man, was awarded the BEM for service to local government and the community, including service on the PCC of Rushen. Edward Le Quesne, former chairman of Christian Aid in Jersey, was appointed MBE for services to charity.

Correction. Rosemary Kempsell, appointed CBE, was Worldwide President of the Mothers' Union from 2007 to 2012.

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